Thursday, April 28, 2016

i belong here | art exhibition at regent college

Regent College is showcasing the work of Pilar Mehlis in her exhibit "I Belong Here..." This extraordinary artists work is not to be missed.

I Belong Here…
By Pilar Mehlis

Pilar Mehlis explores the transformative effect of immigration on an individual by juxtaposing elements of natural and human migrations.  Through the Antrofish figure her work metaphorically illustrates the many aspects of the immigration experience.  Immigration is a transformative experience: it takes the original person and “dresses” them in new cultures, languages, sensations, ideas and attitudes.  This transformation creates a hybrid that often belongs to two places and cultures at once and yet not wholly to either. There is a collision between innocence and new experiences involved in such transitions.  Her work explores these frictions and the ideas of identity, sense of place, transformation and cultural hybridization with particular emphasis on her own transformative experience from being culturally Bolivian to becoming Canadian and how, through cultural narratives, those two identities are embodied within her.
Pilar was born in Manhattan, but grew up in La Paz, Bolivia until, at the age of twelve, her family moved to Whitehorse, Yukon.  She obtained her BFA double majoring in Visual Arts and History of Art from the University of Victoria, then pursued further studies at the former Art Academy of Vancouver, Langara and at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.
Regent College is an evangelical, international graduate school of theology affiliated with the University of British Columbia.

May 11- June 23, 2016
Opening reception: Wednesday, May 11, 4:30 - 7:30 pm
Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Sat 12 pm - 4 pm

Lookout Gallery, Regent College
5800 University Blvd., Vancouver, BC


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